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Today's guest, USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Naigle writes small-town love stories and women's fiction. In 2018 two of her novels, Christmas Joy and Hope at Christmas, became Hallmark Original Movies.
Nancy devotes her time to writing, horseback riding, and the occasional spa day with friends. A native of Virginia Beach, she now calls North Carolina home. Her latest novel, Dear Santa, releases today. A holiday romance, where the owner of a quaint Christmas shop, in a reclaimed lighthouse on the coast, is fighting to keep her business alive when big, bad Christmas Galore moves into town, and is shaking up more than her business. The initial attraction is hard to deny, but it's going to take some special Christmas magic to make these two see things in a new light.
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Hey y'all. Nancy Naigle here from the beautiful state of North Carolina. Fall is my favorite time of year from a weather standpoint, but boy if it isn't the craziest month of to-do's vying for attention!
I recently saw a picture of a snowman made of two pumpkins on the bottom and a jack-o'-lantern as the head. He was wearing a Santa hat.
The only thing that would make that picture more perfect would be a pile of candy wrappers scattered at the bottom, because I'm pretty sure I'm not the only reader with a stash of the "good candy" already open in a drawer--in September--safe from everyone but me. Research shows the average family spends $47 on candy for Halloween. That has to equate to at least one extra trip back to the store. Two, maybe? The last of which has to be the less appealing stuff so it won't disappear again. Right?
And if teensy candy bars, candy corn, and sweet tarts aren't making us more hyper than normal, there's the Halloween pumpkin and costume decisions. Something innovative, warm enough to not have to wear a coat, but who wants to be cold? Suddenly we realize it isn't even sweater weather consistently except for football Friday's and Halloween lands on a Wednesday this year. It'll be dark so early. Those short days are torture.
Oh, but wait, did you see the post? Mmmhmmm, the one about ## shopping days left? Some people have practically finished their shopping, while my gift list is still rather blank. (gulp) I haven't even planned my Thanksgiving menu yet, and I auto-clicked on three new Christmas book releases this week because this is when they come out. I need to read!
And then the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas advertisement comes on. It's beginning! Hooray. Oh no? Something orange is reflecting on the screen, only to notice the leaves have changed and I didn't even notice. When did that happen? Probably while I was at the store buying more candy.
Time is flying by because October has become an interesting blend of Summer-Fall-Thanksgiving-Christmas-Y'all all mushed together at the ratio of 4:1. I'm already behind! You too? I knew we were kindred spirits.
Here's some advice. Make a little "me time" every single day. There's time. Make it happen. You'll recoup that fifteen or thirty minutes triple-fold. Trust me.
If you're not able to get out and see the beauty happening near your home, then sign up to receive pretty fall foliage snapshots via email in the Fall Color Report from Asheville, NC to get your fix.
Go ahead and promise yourself a fifteen-minute sanity check each day. Because by-golly we're all going to need it.
Care to share your plans, adventures, crafts or advice to get it all done? I'd love to hear all about it at email@example.com. *scoots the bowl of Halloween candy. Take three. They're small.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.